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10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - Showcasing Positive Actions

EcoSchools Video As we continue our 10-year program celebration here in the U.S., we are equally excited to share in international Eco-Schools' 25th anniversary. You can be a part of this worldwide celebration by participating in the I've Got the Power Video Campaign. Let your students use their voice to make an impact by creating a short video showcasing their commitment to a sustainable future and highlighting positive actions they have taken through the Eco-Schools USA program. The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) will be sharing videos from around the world as part of Global Action Days beginning on April 15th. Be sure to read the guidelines, where you will find a how-to guide for making your 15-60 second video, along with ways to share and connect with Eco-Schools around the globe on social media.


IT'S EARTH MONTH, LET'S CELEBRATE!

Join the National Wildlife Federation as we prepare to celebrate Earth Day. Set by the Earth Day Network, the 2019 theme is Protect Our Species. No matter your school’s location, students can commit to and enact sustainable practices that support local wildlife. Use the list below to implement a meaningful Earth Month and Earth Day experience for your students.


SCHOOLYARD HABITATS®

Reaching a Pollinator Garden Milestone

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Have you heard the news? Over 1,000,000 gardens have been registered under the Million Garden Pollinator Challenge, including many of our certified Schoolyard Habitats® and Eco-Schools USA gardens! The National Wildlife Federation, in collaboration with several pollinator allies, developed and launched the challenge, and we are excited to see so many people answering the call to help revive the health of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, bats, and others through gardening.

Learn more about how your school can make a difference for monarch butterflies by exploring the curriculum and resources for monarch recovery available on our website and register your garden with the Million Garden Pollinator Challenge. Read the full story on the National Wildlife Federation blog.


FROM THE WILDLIFE GUIDE

Frogs

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The April issue of Ranger Rick® magazine has a colorful article about the Wonderful World of Frogs. Students can learn more about the life of frogs, including how they see and eat, and the importance of their skin to everyday life. Be sure to share the freaky frog photos with students, and don’t miss an opportunity to engage students in citizen science opportunities with FrogWatch USA. Use the extension activity in the April Ranger Rick Educator’s Guide to provide students with an opportunity to utilize their writing skills to share facts about various frog characteristics. Learn more about amphibians and the environmental threats they face in the National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Guide.

ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS AREAS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION

Learning About Forests, SDG 15: Life on Land

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Spring is now in full bloom in many parts of the country, and this month we focus on the Learning About Forests (LEAF) pathway and related Sustainable Development Goal 15 (SDG15), Life on Land.

Did you know that, according to the United Nations, 30.7% of the Earth’s surface is covered by forests? The Learning About Forests (LEAF) Pathway offers students an opportunity to learn about the key role forests play, as well as the connection to biodiversity and climate change. Opportunities to take action include participating in a tree-based citizen science project or tree-planting projects at school or in the community. Sustainable Development Goal 15 targets include promoting the implementation of sustainable management of forests while also restoring degraded forests and putting a halt to biodiversity loss.

Follow @EcoSchoolsUSA on Facebook and Twitter to get more tips and information related to this pathway and the Global Goals. Remind students to share our tips and information during morning announcements, news programming, and/or monthly communications. #GlobalGoal15 #LearningAboutForestsPathway 


ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY 2019

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Join us as we celebrate the 14th annual international Endangered Species Day on May 17, 2019! Add your event to the global events calendar.

Ways your school can participate:

  • Join others to plant a pollinator garden
  • Conduct an Eco-Schools USA Biodiversity audit
  • Arrange a special display in the school library or cafeteria
  • Invite a biologist, ecologist, marine scientist, or other expert to speak to the school/class about local biodiversity and what people can do to protect endangered species
  • Work with a community/environmental group on a habitat restoration project
  • Attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, botanic garden, or other location

ON THE BLOG

Salmon Stewards - Seasons of Growth

What happens when school, science, and salmon comes together? Read Salmon Stewards – Seasons of Growth and watch how young salmon stewards in Oregon are working with local partners and our Oregon state affiliate to address environmental issues related to salmon populations and local waterway health. Using the structure of the Eco-Schools Watersheds, Oceans & Wetlands (WOW) pathway, along with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Eggs to Fry program, students engaged in water quality monitoring and field experiences. Through a partnership with the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activity at each of the schools brought tribal history and lessons about the cultural significance of salmon and lamprey into the experience. Read the full story on the blog and be sure to take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video.



REMINDERS

Awards

  • Has your school been working to earn an Eco-Schools Bronze, Silver, or Green Flag Award? April is a good time of year to apply for an award.

Website Redesign

  • The Eco-Schools USA website will be relaunching this summer, and we look forward to providing a more streamlined user experience.

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